How to Hard Boil Eggs at High Altitude

Living at a mile high has it’s advantages, but when it comes to cooking, it can be difficult to predict how your food will come out. Too dry? Too mushy? Overcooked? Undercooked?

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with hard boiled eggs ever since I moved to Denver in ’98. No matter what, they weren’t perfect. Too much gray stuff, undercooked, can’t peel easily, you name it, I had a problem with it. 

Leave it to my husband to figure out the golden trick to making the perfect hard boiled egg at a high altitude! His eggs are perfectly done, not too much gray and easy to peel. 

Being the wonderful wife I am, I stole his secrets and am sharing them with you! Whether you live at sea level or at 10,000 feet, his egg trick will do the trick!

How to Hard Boil Eggs


  • Step 1 – Place the eggs in the pot and cover with lukewarm water. Bring to a rolling boil.
  • Step 2 – Boil hard for 10-15 minutes
  • Step 3 – Turn off the heat and cover the pot. (this is important!)
  • Step 4 – Let the eggs sit until cool enough to handle.
  • Step 5 – Remove from water and pop those babies in the fridge. 
  • Step 6 – Once chilled, peel and eat! PERFECTION! 

There you have it! Six easy steps to get the perfect hard boiled egg! 

Do you have any tricks you use when hard boiling eggs?




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  1. TaosRob says

    I live at 8500 ft. Here is howI get easy-to-peel eggs. Place in pressure cooker on rack. Add 1 1/2 cups cold water. Bring up to pressure and cook 8 minutes. Speed release pressure and cool eggs in icy water. They peel with ease every time.

  2. Kelsey says

    I’m from Nevada and I live at 5,250 ft. elevation. Every other hard boil recipe I’ve tried failed. In others, I’ve let it cool as soon as it boils. This recipe writes to have it boil for ten – fifteen minutes. They’re boiling as I’m writing this comment and I hope they’re successful.

  3. says


    I let let the eggs cool in the fridge overnight, so this may have made peeling a bit more difficult the next day. But, your tips worked the best so far here in New Mexico.

    Thanks again.

  4. Andi Sigler says

    Amazing!!! I live in Frisco, CO at 9,800 + in elevation and this is the first time I peeled the egg with ease!! I did exactly as you said (I did 13 minutes -my lucky number-at a high boil) then followed the rest to the letter. Thanks much sister!! Finally i’m not afraid to make hard boiled eggs!!!! I’m telling all my friends up here-

  5. Christina says

    Thank you!!! This works like a charm! I’ve been in CO for 3 yrs and haven’t found anything that works! I tried this yesterday & the eggs peeled perfectly! I am one happy lady!

  6. Christina says

    Thank you!!! I have been living in CO for 3 yrs and haven’t found anything that works. I tried this yesterday & the eggs peeled perfectly! I am one happy lady!

  7. says

    My middle child and oldest daughter is not a fan of cereal for breakfast. She loves eggs but I’m not an early riser. One solution = hard boiled eggs that she can cut, devil, eat however she wants. She enjoys having nice yellow yolks so I know this is important!

    Thanks for sharing your husband’s secrets. :)

  8. says

    I’m not kidding: I was JUST thinking about this the other day. I don’t live at high altitude, but my dad does. I was thinking about the differences in cooking certain things. I know. Crazy. But I was.


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